Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/6/12

As the Raiders concluded their first week of training camp, the team practiced in front of fans for the third straight day. One less Raider was in attendance because the team waived nose tackle Travis Ivey before practice. On the other hand, cornerback Ron Bartell passed his physical and can now participate in team drills.

Ivey has been out of practice for the first five days because of conditioning. Without the benefit of being in shape and on the field, Ivey has unable to show his skills and the team cut him. As for Bartell, he has been slowed by a hamstring injury and held out of the first five practices as well. However he passed his physical and now with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, will not be allowed to participate in contact drills for three days.

“Yes, he was activated today,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “There’s a new three-day transition period, so today was day one on that transition period. Tomorrow he’ll be able to be out in non-contact situations, much like the rest of the team was when we came out and practiced early in the week on Monday and Tuesday.”

Other injuries for the Raiders include linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), punter Shane Lechler (knee), wide receivers Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Eddie McGee (hamstring). Also running back Taiwan Jones hurt his hamstring during practice and defensive lineman Richard Seymour hurt his knee.

With Ivey gone, the Raiders will turn their attention to defensive tackle Desmond Bryant to fill in as the nose tackle in the 3-4 defensive schemes. He and rookie Christo Bilukidi have the ability, but not ideal size for the nose. Bryant has pass rushing ability and he showed that during training camp, when he beat his man to knock down a Palmer pass.

The Raiders linebackers had a good day six. Both Philip Wheeler and Nathan Stupar intercepted passes. Wheeler's pick came against Carson Palmer, whereas Stupar intercepted a Terrelle Pryor pass at the goal line. When the Raiders broke into blocking drills, Stupar, Rolando McClain, and Wheeler also shined beating running backs for sacks.

“Well, again, I want to see more consistency,” Allen said. “From the first group, I’ve been fairly pleased. I think Rolando McClain is having a nice camp. Philip Wheeler is having a nice camp. Miles Burris is another one that shows flashes at you and does some nice things but he’s got to be more consistent. He still makes a lot of rookie mistakes, but we’ve got to be better at our backup linebacker positions.”

Special teams was on display as former first round pick Sebastian Janikowski boomed a 61 yard field goal with plenty of distance to spare. Marquette King, who is handling the punting duties for the injured Lechler, showed off his tremendous leg. He had a few miss hits, but the majority was long punts that were difficult for the returners to handle. As a result, several of King's punts were fumbled. With Lechler as one of the best punters in the league, King is auditioning for other NFL teams or maybe the Riders can convince him to join the practice squad.

“I think he’s done a nice job, but I’d like to see him more consistent,” Allen said of King. “I think you see that in a lot of young players. As a matter of fact, we talked to the whole team today about consistency. That’s how you win in the National Football League. You can’t be up one play and down the next, or up one day and down the next. You’ve got to be consistent in what you do. That’s something I preach to him, and want him to work on on an everyday basis.”

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